Sonnen Backs Peña Over Shevchenko For Nunes Trilogy

Former MMA fighter-turned-analyst Chael Sonnen has explained why an immediate trilogy fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña makes sense. At UFC 277, Peña was looking to repeat a feat that she achieved seven months earlier at 2021’s final p…

Former MMA fighter-turned-analyst Chael Sonnen has explained why an immediate trilogy fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña makes sense. At UFC 277, Peña was looking to repeat a feat that she achieved seven months earlier at 2021’s final pay-per-view. But while she had her hand raised back then after one of the biggest upsets…

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Nina Nunes Shares Which Amanda Nunes Trilogy She Prefers

Amanda Nunes has a few options in front of her, but her spouse Nina Nunes has a preference. Amanda Nunes is on many people’s all-time great list. She is the champion of the bantamweight and featherweight divisions and has beaten some of the best …

Amanda Nunes has a few options in front of her, but her spouse Nina Nunes has a preference. Amanda Nunes is on many people’s all-time great list. She is the champion of the bantamweight and featherweight divisions and has beaten some of the best fighters ever. Last year, Nunes lost her title to Julianna Peña…

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Rose Namajunas Talks Potential Move To FW, Shevchenko Fight

Rose Namajunas plans on packing on the muscle in the off season and can’t rule out a 125-pound move.  Coming off her most recent loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 274, Rose Namajunas’ future in the UFC was unclear. Namajunas has held the UFC strawweight tit…

Rose Namajunas plans on packing on the muscle in the off season and can’t rule out a 125-pound move.  Coming off her most recent loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 274, Rose Namajunas’ future in the UFC was unclear. Namajunas has held the UFC strawweight title multiple times in her career now. However, after this loss,…

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Rose Namajunas weighs up potential flyweight move, future fight with ‘friend’ Valentina Shevchenko

Rose NamajunasFormer two-time UFC strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas has talked up a potential move to the promotion’s flyweight division ahead of her next Octagon outing – as well as weighing up a possible future matchup with division queen, Valentina Shevchenko.  Namajunas, a former two-time strawweight champion under the UFC banner, co-headlined UFC 274 back in May […]

Rose Namajunas

Former two-time UFC strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas has talked up a potential move to the promotion’s flyweight division ahead of her next Octagon outing – as well as weighing up a possible future matchup with division queen, Valentina Shevchenko. 

Namajunas, a former two-time strawweight champion under the UFC banner, co-headlined UFC 274 back in May against two-time opponent, Carla Esparza – where she dropped the undisputed crown in one of the most forgettable title fights in the organization’s antiquity

The Milwaukee native regained the undisputed strawweight title back in April of last year – stopping Zhang Weili with a brutal first round high kick knockout.

Defending the title back in November at UFC 268, Namajunas defeated Weili in an immediate title re-run at Madison Square Garden.

Weighing up her future options in the sport amid her loss to Esparza earlier this year, Namajunas remained receptive to a potential leap to flyweight waters.

“I don’t know, you can do the math,” Rose Namajunas told MMA Fighting regarding a potential flyweight climb. “I really don’t know, like I said, just one step at a time. The UFC has given me some offers for things and I just need the time to just not think about fighting at all, and then in the fall I’ll kind of lay out everything to see what makes sense.”

Rose Namajunas admits she would have to consider a fight with Valentina Shevchenko

However, as far as a potential flyweight title excursion against Shevchenko, Namajunas admitted that whilst the two are friends, she would have to strongly consider challenging for spoils.

“I love Valentina (Shevchenko),” Rose Namajunas said. “In my opinion, and I always forget that Amanda Nunes is the women’s GOAT of MMA, but Valentina, if she keeps doing what she’s doing, you could make that case [for her] as well. I do consider myself to be Valentina’s friend, so in order for me to do that, we would have to be set up, not for life, but it would have to be for a very good reason for me to even want to step to her.”

“She is amazing in all ways, and I have felt what she feels like in practice,” Rose Namajunas explained. “I know a fight is a totally different thing, so that would be hard for me to say. Obviously, as a martial artist, that would definitely be very interesting. But, yeah, I don’t know yet. It would have to be [very lucrative]. I love Valentina. I consider her to be my friend. I’ve nver had a problem with being cordial with people I’m going to fight.”

“I’ve maintained friendships with people that I’ve fought, but I’ve never had an issue with fighting a teammate or anything like that. I have started to think a little bit differently about fighting at this point in my life. It would be difficult with the emotions and things like that, and I feel like I’m a different person right now. I would have to think about it,” Rose Namajunas explained.

A career strawweight, the current #1 ranked contender holds prior Octagon wins over the likes of Angela Hill, Paige VanZant, Tecia Torres, Michelle Waterson, and former champions, Joanna Jedrzjeczyk, and Jessica Andrade.

Shevchenko Explains Reason For Vocal Presence During Sister’s Fights

UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko has explained why she’s so vocal from the corner during sister Antonina’s fights. There are two inevitabilities in an Antonina Shevchenko fight: one, a technical Muay Thai striking s…

UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko has explained why she’s so vocal from the corner during sister Antonina’s fights. There are two inevitabilities in an Antonina Shevchenko fight: one, a technical Muay Thai striking style, and two, “HEYYYYYYY!” — That’s Valentina screaming, if it wasn’t clear… Whether a flush jab to the head, a kick…

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Valentina Shevchenko Surprised To See Charles Oliveira As The Underdog In Islam Makhachev Fight At UFC 280

Valentina Shevchenko, Charles Oliveira, Islam MakhachevValentina Shevchenko doesn’t agree with the oddsmakers about the upcoming fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. Coming off another successful title defense against Taila Santos, Shevchenko extended her dominant reign as the UFC women’s flyweight champion at UFC 275 in Singapore. During her time off from fighting, she talked about Oliveira’s title clash with […]

Valentina Shevchenko, Charles Oliveira, Islam Makhachev

Valentina Shevchenko doesn’t agree with the oddsmakers about the upcoming fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.

Coming off another successful title defense against Taila Santos, Shevchenko extended her dominant reign as the UFC women’s flyweight champion at UFC 275 in Singapore. During her time off from fighting, she talked about Oliveira’s title clash with Makhachev.

Valentina Shevchenko breaks down Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev at UFC 280

In an interview with James Lynch, Shevchenko revealed her pick for the upcoming match between Oliveira and Makhachev.

“It’s going to be a very good fight,” she said. “I heard it’s going to be in Abu Dhabi. I think it’s going to be good and great. Oliveira, he’s so dangerous but he’s fighting like a crazy one. He’s explosive and he can beat but he can receive as well, it’s going to be cool.”

“Islam is more calm, more controlled, more looking for his moment. When he has to wrestle, he’ll wrestle. When he has to strike, he will strike so yeah I think it’s going to be super crazy and great fight.”

When asked if she was surprised to see Oliveira as the betting underdog, Shevchenko answered in the affirmative.

“Actually, yes because Charles Oliveira, he fought more top-ranked opponents than Islam,” she added. “Actually yeah he fought all top fighters in the weight division, he beat them all and actually showed that ‘yes, I belong here and this is why I hold the belt.’

“Islam, he never had an opportunity to fight someone who’s more ranked than him, in the top five and this makes it harder to understand how the betting is going, who’s creating these odds but whatever let’s enjoy the fight.”

UFC lightweight top contender Oliveira is set to take on Makhachev in the headlining bout for UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.